What is a Sabbath rest in our modern world?

Rest and my life seem totally counter to one another.  How can I possibly fit rest into my life, let alone a Sabbath Rest!  Yet I can easily see that my time and my mind are too cluttered; cluttered with list; the appointments, schedules, exercise; cluttered with the chores – cooking, washing the dishes, sweeping and mopping the floors, vacuum the carpets.  And I am behind in those chores-way behind.  It causes me great stress  Yet, what does all this matter?  Will the world come to an end if I don’t complete my list of chores?  Is there a law somewhere (besides in my own mind) that this list of clutter be accomplished?  No!  This is my list.  I am causing myself stress and not giving God time to quiet my trouble soul.

In Isaiah 30:15 God speaks to His people Israel and says, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength”.  Israel did not listen and neither do I.  I refused to Sabbath and continue going against God’s plans and His purposes. Everyone around me is even busier than I am.  How hard their lives must be without this time of quiet reflection so they can receive God’s strength.  I know I’m tired most of the time.

Yet God, the Creator of the heaven and the earth and all that is in them, that includes me says STOP!  If the Creator says that I need this time of quiet, this time of returning to Him to find strength, than that is what I am going to set my face to do.  Actually during this time of blogging I find more renewal of strength than any other time. I guess it is because during this time I am at least letting God show me where I am failing and why I need to make a change, a shift back toward His way.

Oh, my Father, help me return to that place of rest in You, a place where there is rest for my soul and my body, a place where you can speak to me and lead me into your ways.